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Student Spotlight

Class of 2018

Hometown: Aurora, Colorado

Current research: I’ve joined a new lab this semester at the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute, where I’m exploring the genetic basis of multiple sclerosis with Dr. Simon Gregory.

My thoughts on neuroscience education: There are so many questions, from philosophy to general physiological questions that even the youngest in our society can ponder, and it’s amazing how the study of neuroscience is so diverse. It can be used to answer some of the most intriguing questions that have ever been asked. I love that neuroscience is a very novel science compared to others, and every day a new discovery is made that could add to our daily understanding, which could ultimately heal many people.

What jump-starts my brain: I love learning about disease, especially neurological disorders. They encompass so many of the difficulties, major and minor, one can face in life. At Duke we have researchers on PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, and many more. These are diseases that can affect people from all walks of life – and with no warning. I believe it’s vital to understand how these diseases form and can be prevented. PTSD and Alzheimer’s disease alone affect so many people every year, so I find the science of disorders as intriguing as it is necessary. It’s very rewarding to love a science that has direct health implications in this manner.

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